Devin Townsend Reveals Details For New Album “Empath”

Devin Townsend has officially revealed the details for his new album “Empath.” The effort will be released on March 29 and it will feature a number of guests including: Mike Keneally, Morgan Ågren (Mats And Morgan, Frank Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal), Anup Sastry (ex-Monuments, ex-Periphery), Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, Abigail Williams), Nathan Navarro, Elliot Desagnes, Steve Vai, Chad Kroeger (Nickelback), Anneke Van Giersbergen, Ché Aimee Dorval, Ryan Dhale, and the Elektra Women’s Choir.

“Empath” Track Listing:

01. “Castaway”
02. “Genesis”
03. “Spirits Will Collide”
04. “Evermore”
05. “Sprite”
06. “Hear Me”
07. “Why”
08. “Borderlands”
09. “Requiem”
10. “Singularity Part 1 – Adrift”
11. “Singularity Part 2 – I Am I”
12. “Singularity Part 3 – There Be Monsters”
13. “Singularity Part 4 – Curious Gods”
14. “Singularity Part 5 – Silicon Scientists”
15. “Singularity Part 6 – Here Comes The Sun”

The album will be available on limited 2 CD digipak (including an entire disc of bonus material), standard CD jewelcase, gatefold 180-gram 2LP vinyl + CD + LP-booklet, and digitally. Townsend commented:

“Hello everybody, this is Devin Townsend and I would like to formally announce that after almost a year and a half of working, I have finished ‘Empath‘. Now this record has taken me down a lot of very interesting psychological and technical avenues and the process was documented from the very get-go by a series of documentary videos that I have done, that outline everything from the gestation of the idea to the actualisation of it, through all the existential ups and downs that went on.

As such this record is different to any record that I have released thus far, and trying to get people on board for what it is versus what it isn’t, I think needs to be dealt with in a different way. Stay tuned for the making of Empath – the video series.”

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Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, Steve Vai, Etc. To Guest On Devin Townsend’s New Album “Empath”

Devin Townsend has revealed that Chad Kroeger (Nickelback), Steve Vai, Anneke Van Giersbergen, and Che Dorval (Casualties of Cool) have all guested on his new album “Empath.” Previously announced guests include: Elliot Desgagnés (Beneath The Massacre), Mike Keneally (Dethklok, etc.), Morgan Ågren (Kaipa), Sam “Samus” Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth), etc. The album is expected to be released in March.

Townsend said the following in a series of tweets:

“No sleep tonight. I’ve got the final stages of this year long process rolling through my mind. Almost done…another 3.5 weeks and this stage of it (the album) will be wrapped up.

Listened to the roughs of Empath on the flight and it had me teared up the whole way. I haven’t had this visceral a reaction to the work in many years. To think It all stemmed from taking a vacation! my god, what an intense period this has been. I’ll remember this past two years.

Thanks to some further guests, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Che Dorval, Chad Kroeger, Mike Keneally, Steve Vai, Lords Of The sound orchestra… it’s been total catharsis and tied intrinsically to the process of working through this transformation. It’s a lovely, complicated, weird one

Some people will totally love it, a fair amount will take awhile to have it sink in, some won’t get it at all, some will definitely prefer the bonus disk or the previous work, but fuck me, did I ever need to get this out of my system. It’s like 12 years of vomit at once…

I had a choice to either go commercial or uncompromised on this. Thanks to Garth Richardson and Chad for convincing me to not compromise. It’s a hard choice as you get older because the temptation to play it safe is huge for the sake of family and security.

Exhausting… pure catharsis. It was about middle age, realization, fear, death, moderation, meditation, and overcoming the internal dialogues. I guess it was ultimately about getting it right after all these years, then kind of realizing that you just have to let it all go…

Music is just an expression of gratitude I think. Ultimately it’s just another album in a long line of albums, some will like it, some won’t. But it appears as if it will be accurate, and that’s a huge huge relief.

Three drummers, two bassists, orchestras, choirs, ducks, cats, goats, birds, whales… and I didn’t sabotage this one, for once…

Have to be at the studio in 3 hours after a sleepless night. Sweet. Luckily it’s not an immensely complicated mix 🙄

There’s a reoccurring theme on this project that seems to have appeared, and that seems to be one of ‘anti-suicide’”

Devin Townsend Teases More New Material From Upcoming Album “Empath”

Devin Townsend has shared some more teasers from the sessions for his new album “Empath.“ The effort is expected to be released in March and it will feature various guests including Elliot Desgagnés (Beneath The Massacre), Mike Keneally (Dethklok, etc.), Morgan Ågren (Kaipa), Sam “Samus” Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth), etc.

[via The PRP]

Devin Townsend’s New Album Will Feature A Guest Appearance From Beneath The Massacre’s Elliot Desgagnés

Devin Townsend has confirmed that his new album “Empath” will feature a guest appearance from Beneath The Massacre’s Elliot Desgagnés. He joins previously confirmed guests: Mike Keneally (Dethklok, etc.), Morgan Ågren (Kaipa), Sam “Samus” Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth), etc. Townsend plans to finish the effort this week and a March release is expected.

[via The PRP]

Devin Townsend Announces European/UK/India Solo Acoustic Tour

Devin Townsend has announced an acoustic tour that will hit Europe and India. The trek will feature music as well as Q&A sessions.

Townsend commented:

“Hello everyone, Devin here. I have been busy making my newest recording, EMPATH over the past year. It has been a complicated and enlightening experience in that I have gone back to my roots in terms of what my motivations are for making music, in hopes that I am able to move forward as a musician being as true as I possibly can to my motivations.

The result is an album that I am exceptionally proud of, one that is uncompromised and diverse in ways that accurately represent where I’m at now at the age of 46. The past decade of relentless touring with DTP had been something that caught up with me in a big way, and as a result I felt I needed to step back from that world and analyse myself and make this music before stepping onto a stage again.

The time has come however for me to take the next step in my career, and when asked about how I would like to do so, I decided the first thing I would do was a very intimate run of shows that allows me to play my music stripped back to just me and a guitar. The shows are at nice venues, and includes a spoken word element with questions from the audience as well as aspects of my entire career represented in this one show.

Before I tour with a band again, I wanted to have the opportunity to play for you, and meet up with the people who not only have made my work possible, but inspire me to continue. In a world of computers and social media, to be stripped of all the bells and whistles is a very important step for my reintroduction to the live concert world. I truly hope you’ll join me and I look forward to being the most honest I can be with you at these special shows.

Thank you to Andy Farrow and Northern Music, Thomas Waber and Inside Out records, as well as all who have supported me during this period. I have not been as proud of an album as I am of Empath in many years, and I really needed to get this out of my system.

See you at the shows.

Love
Devin Townsend“

Tour Dates:

03/07 Delhi, IND – Piano Man Jazz Club
03/08 Mumbai, IND – Levi’s Lounge
03/30 Helsinki, FIN – Savoy-Teatteri
03/31 Stockholm, SWE – Sodra Teatern
04/01 Oslo, NOR – Edderkopeen
04/02 Copenhagen, DEN – Bremen Theater
04/04 Berlin, GER – PassionsKirche
04/05 Warsaw, POL – Stodola
04/06 Prague, CZE – La Fabrica
04/07 Munich, GER – Freiheiz
04/09 Cologne, GER – Kulturkirche
04/10 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
04/11 Haarlem, NET – St. Bavokerk
04/24 London, UK – Bush Hall
04/25 London, UK – Bush Hall
04/26 Bristol, UK – St. George’s
04/27 Leeds, UK – City Varieties
04/29 Edinburgh, UK – Jam House
04/30 Birmingham, UK – Glee Club

Townsend is currently working on a number of projects including a new album titled “Empath,” which will be released next year.

Devin Townsend Teases New Song In New Studio Clip

Devin Townsend has shared a new studio clip complete with a new song teaser. The track is expected to appear on his new album “Empath,“ which will be the first in a number of releases he has planned.

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Mooging a riff. #recroomstudio

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[via The PRP]

Devin Townsend Signs New Deal With InsideOut Music

Devin Townsend has signed a new deal with InsideOut Music, extending his 20 year relationship with with the label. Townsend is currently working on multiple projects, including a new album called “Empath,“ his “$10 million cock symphony” “The Moth“ and more. In other news, he has also announced that the third part of his “Eras” vinyl box set will be released on December 7. The latest set will feature “Accelerated Evolution,“ “Epicloud,“ “Sky Blue“, “Transcendance,” and “Devin Townsend Presents: Ziltoid Live At The Royal Albert Hall.” Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Townsend said the following about signing with InsideOut Music again:

“In an Industry that is tenuous at best, we need to make alliances. In opposition to the old ideas of ‘us against them’ when the discussions turn to art vs commerce, we need allies. I have been an independent artist for many years, and 20 of those years have been with Inside Out Music. When others were afraid to really put effort into packaging, product, and the actual recordings, due in large part to a dwindling industry, Inside Out has championed my work since the turn of the century.

Because throughout it all, more than anything, I want the art and the music to be done correctly. I want to learn from my missteps and I want a group of business partners I can rely on to go to bat for unconventional music in ways I simply could not do on my own. I’m proud to say I’ve been with Inside Out for many of those years that have defined me as an artist. It’s a pleasure to re-sign with them for my newest works. Thank you.”

InsideOut‘s Thomas Waber also commented:

“I consider it to be a privilege and an honour to have been able to play a small part in enabling this truly unique artist to fulfil his artistic visions over the years. For me Devin is one of the most important and outstanding leftfield artists out there today. In a musical climate where formats triumph over artistic freedom, Devin‘s visions are refreshing and a much needed breath of fresh air. An alien in search for the ultimate coffee bean? Bring it on!

Working with Devin and his team feels like working with family, which is something that i can’t stress and value enough. I remember when he sent me Physicist and the album sounding very alien to me, but his sensibilities for melodies and arrangements came through loud and clear and of course with Kingdom the album had one of the best tracks of all time! I am truly excited about the new album Empath and wherever else Devin will take us over the coming years!”

Townsend‘s manager, Andy Farrow added:

“Having managed Devin for nearly 10 years and seen him grow from the Islington Academy to selling out the Royal albert Hall in 4 days, it has been one rollercoaster of a journey. Devin is an artist that never sets sail on one course musically as I learnt over the course of 8 albums and various DVD’s, and sometimes this can be challenging both for the manager and the record label. However we have found that in Inside Out via Devins ‘Hevy Devy’ imprint we have a partner who are flexible enough to enable a truly creative musician / artist, complete artistic control and musical vision.”